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"Addiction is an illness of isolation" - how to stay the course through a pandemic

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"Addiction is a disease of isolation, and the antidote for that is community," says William Moyers of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

But what to do amidst social-distancing and stay at home orders, and what if you don't have reliable tech for virtual connection?

Moyers says folks in recovery did it for decades: old school.

Locally, here are some resources:

Twin Ports Area Intergroup/AA Duluth & Superior
Phone: (218) 727-8117

Alano Club
(218) 624-0501

Celebrate Recovery
Phone: (218) 591-3175

Alano Serenity Club
Superior, WI
(715) 392-8340

This article called "Emotional Regulation"  offers some tips on how to manage emotional responses.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers free recovery resources here and says, "Call 1?800?257?7800 to talk confidentially with a recovery expert. We are available 24/7. Especially during times of crisis, please reach out; we are here to help."

This article specifically talks about staying connected and guarding recovery in these times.

Virtual Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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